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Louisville, Rutgers, West Virginia ready for another run

Once the target of jokes, the Big East proved itself last season and is ready to shine again in 2007.

Updated: May 3, 2007, 1:48 PM ET
By Joe Starkey | Special to ESPN.com

Given up for dead three years ago, the top-heavy Big East is fresh off a 5-0 bowl season and primed to spend plenty of time in the national spotlight again this season.

That is because three teams that finished in the top 12 -- Louisville, Rutgers and West Virginia -- will go into the season with realistic national title hopes based on high-end talent and highly manageable schedules.

None of the three plays a nonconference game against a team that was ranked at the end of last ...

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